Bob O’Sullivan is running for alderman in Ward 2. He says he witnessed the current policy, he refers to as "revive and release," on a ride-along with first responders last weekend in Manchester and he says it isn’t working.Read More
The state of New Hampshire is going after a high-level drug dealer out of Lawrence accused of causing the death of a Rochester resident.
This is the first time local law enforcement has brought charges against someone out of state in connection with a New Hampshire drug overdose death.Read More
A multi-million dollar donation has been made to help pregnant women and babies in New Hampshire who are impacted by substance abuse.
The gift was made anonymously to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.Read More
Nashua Police Lt. Brian Kenney told the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night that this program is working. He says operations through Granite Hammer have led to 200-plus arrests and a 25 percent drop in drug overdoses in the city.Read More
Needle exchange programs are now legal in New Hampshire. But since the state is providing no financial support or other resources for them, some groups are wondering how to go about starting one.
One group in Strafford County is taking on that guiding role.Read More
When it comes to drug prevention, education efforts tend to start in middle or high school. But advocates say it should start much sooner.
Studies show people with troubled childhoods are two to four times more likely to use drugs later in life.Read More
A new state law loosening the penalties on marijuana possession officially took effect this weekend. Police departments around the state are worried some residents may not fully understand what the change means.Read More
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made a quick trip to New Hampshire Thursday afternoon to announce $200 million in federal grants targeting community health centers, to increase access to mental health and opioid abuse services.
Ten New Hampshire recipients – nine health centers and the City of Manchester – are set to receive about $175,000 each as part of the grant program.
Speaking at one of those local recipients, Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth, Price said this is just one of several steps the Trump administration plans to take as part of a national effort to address the opioid crisis.
“The president has talked recently about raising the level of the opioid crisis to an emergency,” Price said, “and we’re working on that with his staff, literally as we speak, to bring greater clarity and focus to that, and to bring greater enthusiasm, if you will, on the part of elected officials in Washington.”
Price was referring to a statement made by President Trump last month, calling the opioid crisis a “national emergency.” Since then, the federal government hasn’t followed through on a formal emergency declaration, which would carry with it additional funding and resources.
“We didn’t get into this challenge overnight, it’s taken a long, long time – decades literally – so we’re not going to solve it overnight, but what we must do is raise the visibility of it and work on the kinds of things that will get us to a solution,” Price said. “That’s what the president has challenged us to do, and others within his administration, and we’re coming forward – I hope in short order – with some recommendations for him to consider.”
Earlier this year, some local recovery advocates expressed disappointment that Trump had not given the opioid crisis – and its effects on New Hampshire – much attention since taking office, despite pledging to do so during his campaign.
Officials at Goodwin Community Health say they plan to put part of its new federal grant toward capital improvements, building out space for mental health and substance misuse treatment. Some is also going toward hiring a psychiatrist and recovery support workers.
The city of Keene will hold a public forum on drug and alcohol abuse Tuesday, stemming from a July Facebook post shared widely among city residents. The post included a photo of a man slumped over on a park bench downtown in broad daylight.Read More
The state’s Chief Medical Examiner is retiring after two decades on the job.
When Dr. Thomas Andrew assumed the role in 1997, the office's caseload was 900 a year. That number has since doubled, in large part because of the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.
In a statement Monday, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Dr. Andrew brought “dedication, professionalism and the highest quality of work to the position.”
Andrew will be stepping down on October 1st and Deputy Chief Jenny Duval will take over.
First responders in Manchester are noticing a change since the city banned smoking in downtown parks.
Chris Hickey, with the Manchester Fire Department, says there's been a reduction in overdoses from the synthetic marijuana known as Spice.Read More
Manchester and Laconia have seen a recent spike in drug overdoses but officials say it's not because there’s a new, stronger drug on the streets.
In one week – Manchester saw 50 overdoses. And over the weekend – Laconia saw six in just 36 hours.Read More
Officials in Merrimack County are currently screening candidates for its new drug court program, which is set to start up next month.
Prosecutors in the county will tell you the number of drug cases they’re seeing are only going up.Read More
Starting in November 16 AmeriCorps volunteers will be coming to New Hampshire to work with people fighting drug addiction in the state.
These volunteers will serve as community health workers in Lebanon, Nashua and Strafford County.Read More